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Samsung Unpacked at IFA 2014

Samsung is running events in Berlin, New York and Beijing to announce its new mobile products, widely expected to include the Galaxy Note 4.

  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:29:15 PM
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:29:16 PM
    Random applause
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:29:40 PM
    "Very easy, very intuitive," Samsung says of its new S Pen features. I've not found these tools particularly easy to use in the past, it must be said. There's so much you can do, I just wish it was a little more organised on-screen.
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:29:41 PM
    Now we're seeing how to use the S Pen as a mouse
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:30:14 PM
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:30:22 PM
    You click and drag to select, say, a big chunk of text
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:30:50 PM
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:31:12 PM
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:31:29 PM
    Now Snap Note
  • Nick Hide 9/3/2014 1:31:30 PM
    First takes are live: Galaxy Note 4
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:31:33 PM
    Samsung clearly knows how important it is to differentiate from the hoard of other Android gadgets out there. That's what the S Pen and bespoke Samsung widgets are all about.
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:31:48 PM
    You take a picture of, say, a whiteboard. It corrects any tilt.
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:32:03 PM
    Then trace round the image, and you can edit any text there
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:32:07 PM
    Now onto the camera
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:32:11 PM
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:32:20 PM
    The front and rear cameras are brighter
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:32:38 PM
    They are focussing on ease of use rather than raw numbers
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:33:02 PM
    A more powerful front-facing camera eh? My selfies will be the cream of the crop.
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:33:11 PM
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:33:16 PM
    16 megapixel back camera with OIS, 3.7 megapixel / F 1.9 front camera
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:33:26 PM
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:33:39 PM
    You can get 60% more light
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:33:53 PM
  • Nick Hide 9/3/2014 1:34:19 PM
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:34:20 PM
    You can use the heart rate monitor on the back to take a selfie
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:34:26 PM
    So far all the live demos have gone pretty well. But these live tests of new features are always tense!
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:35:01 PM
    A 'wide-selfie' mode? My goodness, selfies have come a long way since I was a lad...
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:35:01 PM
    You can shoot a 120 degree image with the front camera: wide selfie mode
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:35:13 PM
    They are trying it with us. Oh god.
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:35:18 PM

    Taking selfies on professional DSLRs is tough

  • John Falcone 9/3/2014 1:35:38 PM
    Note that we've published full hands-on first takes of all 4 newly announced products --
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:35:45 PM
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:35:45 PM
    Lots of mirth on the stage at the fact they have taken a picture
  • John Falcone 9/3/2014 1:36:01 PM
  • John Falcone 9/3/2014 1:36:12 PM
  • John Falcone 9/3/2014 1:36:27 PM
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:36:31 PM
    The OIS is faster too
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:36:32 PM
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:36:45 PM
    Riotous applause for the 'wide-selfie' mode. It seems this is everyone's favourite feature so far!
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:36:53 PM
    Now battery chat
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:37:19 PM
    Charges to 50% in 30 minutes. It was previously 5 5 minutes
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:37:29 PM
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:38:12 PM
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:38:26 PM
    "7.5% increase in low power consumption". Whatever that even means
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:38:27 PM
    Samsung has never exactly been famous for great battery life. But then, we're yet to see a smartphone that reliably lasts more than a day. With all the new tech on board the Note 4, I suspect this new powerhouse will be no different. But Samsung's power tweaks might help.
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